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Where did the French Herman family come from? What is the French Herman family crest and coat of arms? When did the Herman family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Herman family history?

The surname Herman is of patronymic origin, and belongs to the category of surnames known as hereditary surnames. As a point of interest, the name is derived from the personal name Armand, and signifies "the son of Armand." The personal name Armand is of Germanic origin, being derived from the Old German word "heri," which meant army man, warrior, and therefore meant soldier. The original Germanic form of the personal name was Heriman; the name in English is Herman.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Armand, Arman, Armans, Armande, Armad, Armade, d'Armand, l'Armand, Darmand, Larmand, Larman, Darman, Darmon, Larmande, Darmande, Armmand, Armman, Armmmans, Armmande, Armmad, Armmade, Harman, Harmman, Harmand, Harmmande, Herman, Hermande, Hermman, Hermmande, Hartman, Hartmande and many more.

First found in Provence, where the family has held a family seat since ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Herman research. Another 519 words(37 lines of text) covering the years 1700, 1789, 1807, and 1814 are included under the topic Early Herman History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 103 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Herman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Herman Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Nathaniel Herman, who landed in Braintree, Massachusetts in 1640
  • Margarita Herman, who landed in Maryland in 1665
  • Judith Herman, who landed in Maryland in 1665
  • Jane Herman, who landed in Maryland in 1665
  • Casper Herman, who arrived in Maryland in 1665


Herman Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Johan Joost Herman, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Philippus Herman, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Jost Herman, who arrived in New York, NY in 1710
  • Johannes Herman, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Joh Leonhardt Herman, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732


Herman Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Sebastian Herman, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Esteban Herman, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1803
  • Frederick Herman, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1804
  • John G Herman, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Luring Herman, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1806


Herman Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • George Herman, who arrived in Arkansas in 1901
  • Gustav Herman, who landed in Arkansas in 1906

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  • Jerry Herman (b. 1932), the famous American composer, lyricist, and director whose best-known musicals include "Hello, Dolly!" and "La Cage aux Folles"
  • Floyd Caves "Babe" Herman (1903-1987), American Major League Baseball player
  • David Herman (b. 1967), American actor, comedian and voice actor
  • Robert Herman (1914-1997), American scientist, best known for his work on estimating the temperature of cosmic microwave background radiation from the Big Bang explosion
  • Louis Herman, American researcher of dolphin sensory abilities, dolphin cognition, and humpback whales
  • William Jennings Bryan "Billy" Herman (1909-1992), American Major League Baseball second baseman
  • Woodrow Charles "Woody" Herman (1913-1987), American jazz clarinetist and singer, awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987
  • Ró¿a Herman (1902-1995), Polish chess master
  • Mr. Samuel Herman (d. 1912), aged 49, English Second Class passenger from Yeovil, Somerset who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mrs. Jane Herman, (née Laver), aged 48, English Second Class passenger from Yeovil, Somerset who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 9

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  2. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore. Print.
  3. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  7. De Ville, Winston. Gulf Coast Colonials, A Compendium of French Families in Early Eighteenth Century Louisiana. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 1999. Print.
  8. Doyle, William. The Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0192852213).
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Conrad, Glenn R. The First Families of Louisiana. Baton Rouge LA: Claitor's Publishing, 1970. Print.
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The Herman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Herman Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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